World Blood Donor Day 2009
¨Achieving 100 percent non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components¨
Millions of people around the world owe their lives to individuals they will never meet – people who donate their blood to help others. But millions more still can’t get safe blood when they need it. World Blood Donor Day, celebrated on June 14 every year, provides a unique opportunity to thank those very special people that help and to raise awareness about the need for more support.
The global theme for 2009 - achieving 100 per cent non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components, placed a renewed emphasis on improving the safety and sufficiency of blood supply and the global event was celebrated in Melbourne, Australia.. As more and more countries achieve the goal of 100 per cent voluntary non-remunerated blood donation, there is growing appreciation of the vital role of voluntary donors who donate blood on a regular basis. Not only are they the safest blood donors, they are also the foundation of sustainable national blood supplies that are sufficient to meet the needs of all patients requiring blood and blood components.